A man was charged with reckless homicide Monday following the fatal shooting of an Indiana teenager hailed as a hero in 2010 when she helped save two children who fell into an icy reservoir. Aubrey Peters, 16, was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis late Sunday, hours after she was shot in the chest inside a Noblesville home, police said.
Jacob Travis McDaniel, 20, of Noblesville was charged with reckless homicide and pointing a firearm. No attorney was listed in court records for McDaniel as of Monday evening and no one answered a call to McDaniel’s house, where the shooting occurred. According to a probable cause affidavit, Peters was at the house with McDaniel and two others. One of the witnesses, Dajuan Williams, told police that McDaniel tried to get Peters to hold the gun, but she refused.
Williams said McDaniel dropped the magazine from the gun, took the safety off and pulled the trigger. A bullet struck Peters, who clutched her chest and said, “What just happened?” Williams said in the affidavit. Williams told police McDaniel asked everyone to tell authorities the gun fell off the table and went off. The affidavit says McDaniel admitted pulling the trigger, thinking the gun was empty. Peters was a seventh-grader when she saved two young girls who had fallen through the ice on Morse Reservoir in 2010.
Well, what to say? Imbecile? That’s not sufficient. Idiot? Too tame. Vile? That gets us closer. What we can most certainly say is that America’s idiotic worship of guns by moronic people who don’t have the sense to make sure the guns they are waving around aren’t loaded is a plague that kills more people than anything else, isn’t it… And saying ‘but I thought it wasn’t loaded’ is no comfort, and no excuse, at all.
And now, young Jacob gets to live with his stupidity for a very long time and young Aubrey’s family gets to bury her in the ice cold ground. Yay guns…
- Man arrested after teen shot, killed (wishtv.com)
- Man charged with reckless homicide after shooting death of Noblesville teen (fox59.com)
- Teen hero, 16, fatally shot in Indiana home (star-telegram.com)